Bill Snyder did another solid coaching job last year as the Kansas State Wildcats finished with an 8-5 record and a 17 point win over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, despite the fact that he was breaking in a new QB and had just 2 starters back on defense. This year he has 11 starters back, including an experienced QB, plus a solid Juco crop coming in. This could be a very good season in Manhattan this year. Schedule & Preview are below.
Jake Waters will look to build off the momentum he gained in leading the Wildcats to wins in 6 of their last 7 games last year. Bill Snyder has always thrived when having an experienced QB back and Jake is just that, after throwing for 2469 yards with 18 TDs and 9 INT last year. He should be even better this year, especially will a talented WR corps that includes last year’s leading receiver in Tyler Lockett, who grabbed 81 balls for 1262 yards and 11 TDs. The running game took a hit with the loss of 1000 yard back John Hubert, but some solid backs are ready to take over in senior Demarcus Robinson and freshman Dalvin Warmack, who was rated 52 coming out of HS. The OL should be solid again, with the addition of a couple of Jucos, who have a combined 70 starters in their careers, to go along with 1st team Big 12 center BJ Finney. KSU brought back just 2 starters on defense last year and still allowed just 22.9 ppg, which was about the same amount they allowed in 2012 (22.2 ppg). 5 starters are back this year, along with a solid crop of incoming Jucos, so they should better last year’s numbers. Particularly strong will be a secondary that is led by Randall Evans, who has 3 TFL, 12 PBUs and 2 INTs last year.
Bill Snyder is an excellent coach and just continues to produce winning teams. This year will be no different, especially with an experienced QB and a very talented group of WRs. The defense has a couple of questions up front, but the defense backfield is very solid and overall this defense should be better than last year. The depth on this team is good, and even better with the Juco additions. They do get Auburn, Texas and Oklahoma State at home, but have to travel to Oklahoma, TCU and Baylor. I can see them losing those three road games, but the rest of the schedule sets up nicely for them and that has me seeing at least 9 wins from them this year. KEY TREND: 10-0 ATS off a conference game vs an opponent that is off BB SU losses.
2014 Kansas State Football Images
Sat, Aug 30th, 2014 Stephen F Austin
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014 at Iowa State
Thu, Sep 18th, 2014 Auburn
Sat, Sep 27th, 2014 Texas-El Paso
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 Texas Tech
Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 at Oklahoma
Sat, Oct 25th, 2014 Texas
Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 Oklahoma State
Sat, Nov 8th, 2014 at TCU
Thu, Nov 20th, 2014 at West Virginia
Sat, Nov 29th, 2014 Kansas
Sat, Dec 6th, 2014 at Baylor
Info gathered From Phil Steele's CFB Preview and Athlon Sports
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Golden Nugget Games Of The Year
Steve Fezzik from Pregame.com takes a look at some the games of the year that have been released by the Golden Nugget, along with some tips for handicapping them.